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The Maple Leaf

maple leaf quilt block

The Maple Leaf is another block that is usually done in rich, Autumn colors. 

There is only one thing new to learn in this block, and once you understand how easy it is to do, you will realize how simple this block is to make.

You can see the squares and the half square triangles in the picture.  The squares are cut to 3 1/2 inches.
maple leaf quilt block assembly

To make the half square triangles, you first cut 3 7/8 inch squares from each fabric.  Then you cut  them in half diagonally, and sew them together again, matching a dark with a light.

Here is how you do the stem on the bottom right.  Once again your are working with squares, and smaller squares on top, but it is a little different.

The dark colored stem is going to come from a 3 1/2 inch square.  You are going to attach two smaller light squares, so that only a strip of the dark fabric remains.  Both of these light, smaller squares will be 3 1/8 inches.
the stem assembly of the maple leaf quilt blockHere

Draw a diagonal line on the white square, and place the first one on the top right corner of the block, per the picture.  Sew on the marked line.  Press the small square toward the upper corner.

Then attach the second square on the lower left, with the diagonal line running the same direction.  Again, sew on the line, and press again toward the corner. 

You will find that you have left just enough of the darker fabric underneath to make the stem.

You can trim the excess fabric, leaving about 1/4 inch.

Sew all the pieces together, and press, remembering to turn your seams in opposite directions.  Again, there should be 1/4 of an inch from the end of the points to the edge of the fabric.

Which way to press the seams is sometimes determined by the direction they want to go.

I find the square with the stem has the largest desire to be pressed toward the center.  So I press the top and bottom row toward the center, and the middle row toward the outside edge.

Your can press the rows either way. I pressed the corner rows toward the center.

Block size  -   9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches 

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